Dependencia del ejercicio físico en usuarios españoles de centros de acondicionamiento físico (FITNESS): Diferencias según el sexo, la edad y las actividades practicadas

Translated title of the contribution: Physical exercise dependence in Spanish users of fitness centers (FITNESS): Differences according to gender, age and physical activities

David González-Cutre, Álvaro Sicilia

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to analyse the differences in exercise dependence according to gender, age and physical activities practiced. To achieve this goal, a sample of 531 users of fitness centres (51.4% men and 48.6% women) aged between 16 and 60 (M= 29.62, SD= 8.97) was used. The Spanish version of the Exercise Dependence Scale-Revised (EDS-R), which evaluates seven dependence symptoms giving a global indicator, was applied. The results showed that men scored significantly higher in the different dependence symptoms than women. Regarding age, there were practically no significant differences between the age groups of 16-25 and 26-33, but there were differences between these two groups and the group of 34-60 year olds, showing the latter to have a lower score in exercise dependence than the first two. In general, the exercise dependence score in directed activities was significantly lower than in semi-directed and free activities. The results have allowed the identification of some risk characteristics on which intervention should be focused.

Translated title of the contributionPhysical exercise dependence in Spanish users of fitness centers (FITNESS): Differences according to gender, age and physical activities
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)349-364
Number of pages16
JournalBehavioral Psychology/ Psicologia Conductual
Volume20
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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